A decent overall vehicle but not aToyota Long Term
April 6, 2019
After 150,000 miles and 9 years, I just sold it to CarMax two months ago for $2,500.00. It was White Limited Trim Edition and I really didn't spend much other than oil changes to keep it maintained. I loved the 3.5L V-6 which was an awesomely powered engine. It would do 80 miles on the highway on road trips through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas and still get 25 plus mpg. For the first 100k miles the seats and overall ride were comfortable and we always got at least 35-40k out of each set of tires. Unlike my 96 Honda Accord and 2004 Honda CRV , the AC unit lasted until the day we sold it and blew reasonable cold air the entire time. The roof rack was super handy and for moving a child to college and back it couldn't be beat. If you plan on only keeping it to 100 to 120k, I would recommend one but it's not Toyota caliber for long-term reliability. Unfortunately, the traction control system and transmission were not as good as the V-6 motor. I taught both my kids how to drive on it and in an emergency situation if you gave it too much throttle it was all over the road and uncontrollable. The vehicle would literally skid from side to side until you eased up on the gas. Up to a point, this is common in most front wheel drive vehicles but with the 260+ hp on this Hyundai it was dangerous. I read that it would do 0-60 in 7.1 seconds. From the day I bought it, the transmission was crude at best. After a cold start, I would drive it very easily because it would slam through the first few gears. I brought it back to Van Hyundai in Carrollton TX a few times but they never really fixed it. If you buy one, make sure you wait for the transmission to slam into gear before you release the brake and press the gas pedal. I think that is why I made mine last that long with the issues it had. The transmission is a sealed unit, so the fluid is supposed to last the life of the vehicle. I really didn't want to get rid of it because it was paid for but the transmission was starting to downshift roughly and all the suspension bushings were gone. It would creak and squeak really loudly. At that point, with the value of the vehicle, it just wasn't worth putting more money in it. Two more things, the headlights are super easy to change compared to previous year models. Just unscrew a cap behind the headlight assembly behind the grill and the bulbs are right there to access. I sold it with the hood latch cable stretched out. I just pulled on the cable instead of the latch to open the hood.